AACAP Expresses Profound Sadness for everyone impacted by earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

WASHINGTON, DC, February 13, 2023 - The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is deeply saddened by the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria. We extend our heartfelt sympathies and support to everyone impacted by this disaster.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have lost loved ones or suffered injuries, and their loved ones. We stand in solidarity with all of the communities affected. We encourage everyone to do their part in supporting the recovery efforts, and we encourage anyone in need of help to reach out to the appropriate resources for support.

As a professional medical organization dedicated to the mental health and well-being of children, adolescents, and families, we recognize the psychological impact that events like earthquakes can have on young people. Traumatic experiences like natural disasters can cause significant distress, and it's important for organizations like ours to provide support and resources to those in need.

Any type of natural disaster is frightening to children and adults alike, it’s important to explain the event in words children can understand. For information on talking to children about natural disasters please visit the following sites:


The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry promotes the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research. Child and adolescent psychiatrists are the leading physician authority on children’s mental health. For more information, please visit www.aacap.org